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josephcn

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  • The Female Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Louann Brizendine
    • Narrated By Louann Brizendine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (156)
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    Why are women more verbal than men? Why do women remember details of fights that men can't remember at all? Why do women tend to form deeper bonds with their female friends than men do with their male counterparts? These and other questions have stumped both sexes throughout the ages. Now, pioneering neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think and what they value.

    Michael Dillman says: "Great material :^D -- Agonizing orator >:^("
    "must listen at 1.5 speed"
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    Twilight didn't help me understand the female psyche but this book did. A must listen for all neuropsychs and writers. Really, it blew my mind- and I'm a guy so that's a good thing. However you must listen to at 1.5x speed or you'll go crazy- it's like they slowed it down to stretch out the length? Also, I was. Surprised by the author's lack of knowledge on genetics. Epigenetics has to do with RNA and other non-nuclear DNA not impressioning. That females' two x chromosomes does not influence phenotypes' demeanor since one is randomly discarded. But her neuroscience is strong even though she doesn't provide references for all studies. Overall still a must read given those caveats.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jane McGonigal
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
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    (290)
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    In today’s society, games are fulfilling real human needs in ways that reality is not. Hundreds of millions of people globally - 174 million in the United States alone - regularly inhabit game worlds because they provide the rewards, stimulating challenges and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world. Jane McGonigal argues that we need to figure out how to make the real world—our homes, our businesses and our communities—engage us in the way that games do.

    Dan says: "Slow start But full of Fascinating Ideas"
    "Great listen for the modern would be game designer"
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    This book does a great job of taking a look at game design- from traditional games to MMORPG's to alternative reality games- for the interested computer scientist. I think anyone who regularly teaches would also appreciate this book. Fantastic job, it's already inspired me with various ideas on math games for kids. The only thing I would like for books like this are some cliff notes to help me remember what I've listened to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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